Rob Povey
1984
Arcade: Platform
£2.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
None

11
Chris Bourne

Here we have another of Software Projects' budget games under their Software Super Savers brand name. Shuttle Shock is a platform game with an undeniably MM-cum-JSW -left-overs feeling to it. You play the part of a shuttle pilot in your space suit, suffering from a galactic form of jet lag - shuttle shock. Disorientation has separated you from your battery charger and the idea is to reach it once on every screen. The platforms include solid ones, ones that sink and act as lifts downwards and ones that slide sideways. To climb levels you have a teleport button that causes you to dematerialise and then rematerialise on the desired platform. Each screen is armed with varying monsters that move about on pre-determined paths and make life difficult.

Half the point to the game is to discover the best route round to get to your charger and learn the timing routines required to achieve this without getting killed off. Teleporting just as a nasty comes up is no good, since you can be killed if even the merest hint of your tail is left behind.

CRITICISM

'The direction and teleport buttons are in very good positions. The continuous music is just a funny little tune that repeats itself. The game itself involves judgement of heights and angles to ensure a correct teleportation, as well as close timing to avoid the different types of nasty. I liked the graphics, which are neat and amusing, but overall, only a fair game.'

'The style and animation of the moving characters in this game is very reminiscent of Manic Miner. Not that this is anything like as good a game, either in content or colour, but one wonders whether the hand of M. Smith Esq. had anything to do with it! With each screen completed, the next is a little harder in layout and timing, which makes Shuttle Shock a reasonable game for its price, even reasonable fun without being a monster hit.'

'One of the touches in this cute game that reminds me inevitably of Manic Miner or Jet Set Willy is the use of a name for each room along the lines of Minter's Mowers or a reference to the old and defunct enemy, Imagine with Stinkers (remember Stonkers)? The smallish graphics are fairly detailed and move well, although there are a few bugs in the program when bits and pieces of graphics aren't always neatly cleared away! On the whole, quite playable and not bad for the price.'

COMMENTS
Control keys: CAPS/Z left/right, BREAK to teleport, M music on/off toggle
Joystick: none
Keyboard play: responsive and very simple
Use of colour: varies well, but overall not very colourful
Graphics: smallish, reasonably animated
Sound: continuous music with on/off facility
Skill levels: 1
Lives: 3
Screens: several
General Rating: An average game, quite playable, at a below average price.

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Screenshot Text

A cruel joke on Imagine in the room named STINKERS.

Shuttle pilot meets platform game in the sub JSW budget game SHUTTLE SHOCK.